After setting the pace for the world in the prelims session of the 2017 British Swimming Championships in a 58.56, Adam Peaty clearly did not hold back in finals. Peaty posted the 4th fastest time in history in the 100 meter breaststroke, winning the event by over two seconds in 57.79. Peaty owns the all-time top 8 performances in the event. The top ten performances all time are:
|9||Cameron van der Burgh||58.46|
|10||Cameron van der Burgh||58.49|
At this point, Peaty is the only swimmer this year to break the 58 second barrier and only one of two who has broken 59. Zibei Yan of China posted a 58.92 on April 10th to secure the second fastest time in the world.
The young British swimmer is coming off the 2016 Olympic Games, where he broke the world record in the 100 breaststroke in 57.13 and swam an earth shattering 56.59 breaststroke leg on the Great Britain medley relay that took home silver behind the United States.
In an interview with British Swimming following his race today, Peaty made it clear that he has been looking all along towards Budapest and peaking at the 2017 World Championships. He even said, “The front end speed will come. That front end speed can go down another .4 and then the back end will come.” The full interview can be found below:
The breaststroke standout clearly has his eye on his world record in Budapest. His first 50 this evening was a 27.01, exactly .4 behind his first 50 split when he broke the world record in Rio.
Peaty is entered to swim the 50 meter breaststroke event later in the meet. He currently holds the world record at 26.42.